- a native or inhabitant of Great Britain, especially of England.
- one of the Celtic people formerly occupying the southern part of the island of Britain.
Origin of Briton
Examples from the Web for briton
On board were 149 Indonesians, three South Koreans, one Singaporean, a Malaysian, and one Briton, the airline said.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370
December 29, 2014
Abdullah Deghayes, an 18-year-old Briton whose uncle reportedly was a detainee at Guantanamo, died fighting in Syria on Monday.Teenage Girls Seduced by the Syrian Jihad?
April 21, 2014
She was also a patriot, a Briton, and a wife, excelling at the arts that each of those categories demand of a person.How Margaret Thatcher Transformed British Politics
April 8, 2013
Just before storming the complex the militants ambushed nearby a bus carrying employees and killed a Briton and an Algerian.Inside the Algerian Hostage Standoff
January 19, 2013
He then saw 7-year old Zainab al-Hilli [lying in the recovery position] yards from the car, where the Briton had placed her.Hiker Recounts Grisly Murder Scene in French Alps
September 12, 2012
The nobleman told his name—a name dear to every Briton and every Irishman.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
This he does vilely, and earns not only the contempt of his brethren, but the amused scorn of the Briton.American Notes
He would not have been a Briton if these untoward combinations of events had not made him surly.Hetty's Strange History
"Had about decided not to go," frowned the Briton with an odd change of manner.
"I—that demijohn that you took last night," began the Briton nervously.
- a native or inhabitant of Britain
- a citizen of the United Kingdom
- history any of the early Celtic inhabitants of S Britain who were largely dispossessed by the Anglo-Saxon invaders after the 5th century ad
Word Origin and History for briton
Anglo-French Bretun, from Latin Brittonem (nominative Britto, misspelled Brito in MSS) "a member of the tribe of the Britons," from *Britt-os, the Celtic name of the Celtic inhabitants of Britain and southern Scotland before the 5c. Anglo-Saxon invasion drove them into Wales, Cornwall, and a few other corners. In 4c. B.C.E. Greek they are recorded as Prittanoi, which is said to mean "tattooed people." Exclusively in historical use after Old English period; revived when James I was proclaimed King of Great Britain in 1604, and made official at the union of England and Scotland in 1707.